{52 Weeks} Week 36: AusBlogCon Pity Party

My ‘I’m not at AusBlogCon’ sad face
If you know about AusBlogCon then you know that as you read this Aussie bloggers from around the country – and even overseas – are converging on Sydney, meeting, greeting, wooing, stalking, networking, learning,  coffee-ing, drinking, dancing. You name it there are plans to do it. And to quote Glowless ‘There will be much woo-ing and squeeeeee-ing this weekend!’
Sounds fantabulous, no?

Well, I am here to tell you that, actually, it’s not fantabulous. Don’t be fooled by all the tweets or the happy, excited blog posts floating around. It simply can’t be all that (that’s what I am telling myself, anyway).
When I first found out about the impending conference I wasn’t interested in the least – I was a nobody and assumed it wasn’t for me. Since then, I have become more involved in the Aussie blogging community and have made some lovely friends and discovered so many wonderful people. Suddenly, I started feeling like maybe I did belong and could go. If I wanted. Still, I found many reasons not to go. But, as this weekend has approached and I’ve been watching the flurry of chatter, the endless arrangements and as many who initially weren’t attending started announcing they had secured tickets, I started to reconsider. I thought about it a lot. And discovered, I actually did want to go. Very badly.
One of my initial reasons to not go was ‘I’m a nobody’ but, in the end I’ve found it doesn’t matter who I am or that my blog is only small. The amount I could learn from those I admire, the ability to meet so many people from the community which has made me welcome and surrounded me with support when I’ve needed it far outweighs the embarrassment of having people possibly look at me with blank stares when I introduce myself.
I dropped a few hints to James, but he kept asking “What’s the point?” and apparently my explanation isn’t sufficient. I even sent him a link so he could find the answers himself, but I am pretty sure he never clicked through since me sitting next to him sending him links annoys him (NO idea why..) and then it was too late. All the tickets were gone.
Now that it’s here I am surprised by just how crushed I am that I will be missing out. As I watch all the goings-on from here it kind of feels like all the cool kids are throwing a party and didn’t invite me. 
I keep telling myself that next year I will be there (if you’d like to contact me about sponsoring me for AusBlogCon2012 please do {I’m only half joking}). Until then, I will survive this weekend by throwing myself (and anyone else who wants to join in) an AusBlogCon Pity Party. Join me on Twitter (@byBecky) or FB and help me wallow in misery! Use the hash tag #ausblogcon_pityparty. See you there!
FYBF

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7 Comments

  1. Oh I'm so there Becky 🙂 feeling the same – wish I'd gone now!!

  2. Would it be evil to unfollow my tweeps who are there just for the weekend? Srsly feeling a bit the same. I've only just gotten back into public blogging, but two of my IRL crew are there and I've heard about it for ages, and it DOES feel like a cool kid party is going on.

    Would have LOVED to go, but this year just wasn't going to work (and I would have felt a bit daft seeing as Boone would have any idea who I am!). Next year though. For sure.

    Will see you there right?

  3. Would it be evil to unfollow my tweeps who are there just for the weekend? Srsly feeling a bit the same. I've only just gotten back into public blogging, but two of my IRL crew are there and I've heard about it for ages, and it DOES feel like a cool kid party is going on.

    Would have LOVED to go, but this year just wasn't going to work (and I would have felt a bit daft seeing as Boone would have any idea who I am!). Next year though. For sure.

    Will see you there right?

  4. I'm so hearing you Becky. Hopefully we can be there together next year.
    I'm so joining in on your pity party. I'm also following the AusBlogCon tweeps via Twitter today and learning a heap. Ha, who needs to be there when you can do it all from your couch!!! LOL!
    And for the record, you're definitely not a `nobody'!

  5. Caz – Hind Sight sucks! It sounds like they're having a blast.
    Kate – I am SO there next year. Can't wait. And did you end up unfollowing? I thought about it briefly and then decided staying away from Twitter would be an easier way to go!
    Kellie – There has been a whole lot shared with us, which has been great and I'm about to go and see the blog posts about the sessions and see what I can learn from those who went.
    And thank you, I appreciate that you think I am a somebody 🙂

  6. I feel exactly the same way. I guess this year is just a trial run for when we converge on the conference in 2012??

    Sounds like they have been having a great day on Twitter and learnt so much.

  7. Hahha love it! And yes there was much wooing and squeeeing 🙂 I thought your pityparty was awesome too though, I saw it when I was checking Twitter constantly.

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